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Last Updated: 06 December 2023

Supplementary Placement Exercise (SPE)

2. How to apply

Eligibility criteria

Your child is eligible to participate if they:

  • Are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident returning from living and studying overseas.
  • Do not have a place in a local school.
  • Are applying for admission to Secondary 1, 2 or 3 in the following academic year.d
  • Did not sit for the SPERS-Sec tests in the same year.

If your child has a secondary school place reserved under the Leave of Absence (LOA) scheme, you should email or call the school for re-admission. Your child should not participate in SPE.

Permissible age ranges

You may apply for your child to sit for the SPE tests at the level appropriate for their age cohort, based on these permissible age ranges (as at 1 Jan of the year of admission):

  • Secondary 1: 12 to 16+ years old.
  • Secondary 2: 13 to 17+ years old.
  • Secondary 3: 14 to 18+ years old.

When to apply

You can apply from 9am on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 to 12pm on Monday, 13 November 2023 (Singapore time).

The tests will be conducted on Wednesday, 6 December 2023.

How to apply

You can apply for SPE through the following steps:

  1. Create an account in the Candidates Portal (CP) from Wednesday, 1 November 2023. Please refer to the user guide (757KB) on account creation in CP.
  2. Upon successful account creation in CP, you may then submit an online application from 9am on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 to 12pm on Monday, 13 November 2023 (Singapore time) in the portal and select one of the following payment modes to complete the application:
    • Debit or credit card
    • PayNow
  3. You should regularly check the status of your application in CP. Upon successful submission of your application, you will see your application status reflecting "Pending". It will take at least 4 weeks from the day you register before the status will be updated to "Registered", if your document submission is in order and your child is assessed to be eligible for SPE. Incomplete submissions will result in a longer waiting time.
  4. An email from the Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board (SEAB) will be triggered by CP informing you to retrieve your child's entry proof from the CP once your application has been approved.     
All applications are subject to approval.

Enquiries on the status of your registration will not receive any replies as applicants should refer to the notifications and banners in CP for updates on your application status.

For technical support, raise a case using the online form in CP under Non-national exams. You may email SEAB at SEAB_SPERS_SPE@seab.gov.sg for urgent cases only.

How much is it

Singapore Citizens

The test fee for first application is waived. However, a $12 administrative fee is still applicable.

SPE fees for subsequent applications for Singapore Citizens is $125. SPE is not compulsory and admission to your preferred school is not guaranteed. We do not encourage you to apply for SPE more than once.

Permanent Residents

The test fee is $140.

Fees are non-refundable.